Drawing on the aesthetic and thematic pool of "M", Lorre picks up the 'murderer' theme this time in the aftermath of WWII, once the syndromes of fear in Lang's film unleashed collective murder on a global scale. The mirror, the stairs (which now have "flesh"), the 'murderer' cry duplicate as if the torment is now burderning evil itself, rather than the innocent victims. Great film on German Guilt! Recommended.
So dark it can just swallow you. Lorre is a modern vampire, so pale & of dead eyes, trenchcoat over coat over coat smoking cigarettes all the time he's on screen (!). A Würgerkiller... "I have only one wish. To sleep, at any price"."She confessed like women do: admitting things, admitting more things and then omitting the one thing that matters". Lorre caresses a glass and remembers her face. The trains. (cont.)
Brooding, melancholic and endlessly atmospheric and moody, Lorre's only directorial effort is a bit of a jumbled mess of only half baked ideas. It's a film with a lot on its mind, it's a fascinating study of an outsider's descent into murder while also being a look at German identity, which is muddled ultimately with an attempt at a conspiracy plot. Occasionally incredible but ultimately frustrating. 3/5